There are no FDA standards for dark chocolate, causing consumers to be deceived by misleading labels on chocolate protein bars. When reading food labels, how can you tell if you are choosing healthy protein bars made with REAL chocolate? Find out what hidden ingredients are in dark chocolate protein bars and sign petition to stop dark chocolate deception!
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New Non-Dairy NuGO Slim contains only 3 grams of sugar from REAL Dark Chocolate and chicory root fiber – No Maltitol! Did you know that most protein bars are coated in fake dark chocolate made from vegetable fats? We created a dark chocolate petition to stop this deception on food labels.
So, for this giveaway, you enter by signing and sharing our petition and following the below instructions. Two winners will win one mixed box of 12 Non-Dairy NuGO Slim bars (6 Espresso and 6 Crunchy Peanut Butter)! These revolutionary low sugar bars are certified gluten-free, OU Kosher Pareve, and vegan.
1. Sign petition (if you haven’t already).
2. Share petition link and this text on Facebook.
Most protein bars are actually coated in fake dark chocolate made from vegetable fats! Sign petition to stop dark chocolate deception! http://www.change.org/petitions/dark-chocolate-food-labeling-tell-the-fda-to-stop-the-deception
3. Leave a comment on this blog post saying you signed and shared it on facebook.
For extra entries:
4. Tweet this:
Do u know what’s in your #protein bar? Stop Dark Chocolate Deception, Sign @NuGoNutrition Petition! http://tinyurl.com/bs6djd3 #nutrition #fitness
Be sure to leave a comment on this blog post saying that you tweeted it.
5. Repin on Pinterest and leave a comment on this blog post saying that you repinned it. http://pinterest.com/pin/148759593913416451/
The winners will be announced on Facebook and Twitter on Friday, December 14, 2012. We know NuGo has many international fans, but you must live in the continental United States for this giveaway. Good luck!
What the Heck Are You Eating is a new YouTube nutrition show created by Everyday Health and Joy Bauer. In each brief episode, Joy answers pressing food questions in a fun and engaging style that reminds us of Alton Brown. Here are our two favorite episodes.
Do artificial sweeteners actually promote weight gain?
What is actually the healthiest choice: frozen yogurt, ice cream, or non-dairy?
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All over the world, people are looking for ways every day to get that extra burst of energy. And why not? Increasingly, life means maintaining a balance between life and work that leaves little time for rest or relaxation. We rush from one task to the next trying to check another item off the to-do list. Then, to fuel all the activities, many are willing to pay for artificial energy in the form of caffeinated sodas, Red Bull, and 5-hour energy shots. These sources, however, are full of sugar that causes short burst of energy followed by fatigue and sluggishness. Check out these astonishing pictures to see just how much sugar is in our drinks!
Fortunately, there are nutritious ways to get the energy boost you need to get through your day. Focusing on nutrition and diet might seem like another undertaking for which there just isn’t enough time in the day. In reality though, nutrition can work with your body to fuel everything else that we take on in our lives.
According to the website Web MD, different foods can boost energy through the calories they provide and also by allowing metabolism to work more efficiently. So what are some of these energy star foods?
1. Fiber: The fiber found in smart carbohydrates such as whole grains that are digested slowly and act as a steady source of energy. It is important to avoid sweet foods which actually lead to fatigue. Interested in incorporating more fiber into your diet? Check out the Whole Grains Council for tips on eating whole grains at every meal.
2. Nuts: Nuts are rich in protein, and they contain magnesium, which is an important mineral for converting sugar into energy.
3. Leafy Greens: Good examples are spinach, kale, and arugula. All of these contain vitamins C and A, which also help boost energy levels and contain folate which is proven to fight symptoms of depression.
4. Lean Meats: Chicken, turkey, and fish contain tyrosine an amino acid which fights fatigue throughout the day. They also have high amounts of iron and B-vitamins which strengthen muscles for long-term endurance.
5. Fresh Produce: Fruits and vegetables are great sources of the vitamins and minerals that increase metabolism efficiency. The fruit sugar glucose is turned into energy quickly providing a more immediate sense of alertness.
6. Dark Chocolate: Theobromine is a chemical compound found only in chocolate that is similar to caffeine, but provides a more stable energy boost. It lasts longer throughout the day, and won’t leave you with a crashed feeling afterwards.
Combining these elements can create a perfect snack for fueling a long day of work and other activities. NuGO Slim is great for an afternoon snack because it combines high protein, high fiber, and REAL dark chocolate that will keep you alert all day long.
For more energy-boosting tips and tricks, check out the rest of this article at Web MD.
We are passionate about educating consumers that there is no FDA standard of identity for dark chocolate. Without a standard of identity, companies can call a product dark chocolate on the front of a package without using real dark chocolate ingredients! This means consumers are being confused and misled that they are eating healthy snacks coated in dark chocolate, while actually consuming unhealthy chocolate flavored palm oil (saturated fat)!
NuGo is the only company to make REAL Dark Chocolate coated protein bars for many lifestyles. By law, if vegetable fat coatings are used, the ingredients list must state “chocolaty” or “chocolate flavored coating and vegetable oil.” That is the only way you would know it is not REAL Dark Chocolate. Sometimes the listing will illegally state dark chocolate coating.
We were thrilled to see a recent WebMD article mention that there isn’t a standard of identity for dark chocolate.
“The FDA has established very strict guidelines or Standards of Identity (SOI) that specifies what ingredients constitute the various forms of chocolate. However, for “dark chocolate,” there really isn’t a SOI for the term “dark” but there is for semi-sweet (bittersweet) and sweet chocolate, which are often referred to as dark chocolate. The difference between all of them is the amount of chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, and milk content.”
We have seen major news articles about confusing nutritional claims, but those articles did not include Dark Chocolate Deception. Consumers deserve to know what’s in their snacks!